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New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:01

I grew from seed Rudbeckia hirta 'Prairie Sun' last year, I think it’s a fairly newish introduction. It puts on a beautiful show and it’s still in flower as I write. It germinates very quickly and an easy plant to grow from seed.  There is one new introduction that I just have to mention. I can’t praise highly enough the new Buddleja ‘Buzz’.  It’s perfect for those of us with a small garden and especially important for Bees, Butterflies and other insects. I am growing three varieties, it never seems to stop creating new buds and is still in flower. My perfect plant/shrub for the wildlife gardener.      

Talkback: How to lift and store dahlias

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 08:59

CornishCris, I so agree with you about Dahlias. I absolutely love the open flowered varieties because they are a magnet for bees.  Last year I lifted and stored the tubers but they all died. This year I am leaving them in the ground because I cant be bothered with all the hassle of overwintering them. They are high maintenance, attracting pests and needing staking. Next year I am going to buy new tubers but will try and go for the shorter varieties and those that the pests leave alone.

"For goodness sake, Google it!"

Posted: 16/10/2012 at 09:06

I am not on any other forum and if I want a plant identified this is where I ask, and always find the answer.  If I 'Googled' it, I would be on the computer for hours, life's too short for all that malarky!!

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 15/10/2012 at 10:36

I'll knit you one  Well done you!!

buddjlea buzz

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 16:43

Yes, Lynne that should be ok. Just leave them outside and forget about them until Spring when they should start to show new leaves which means they have rooted.

Potting on Perenials plug plants

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:14

Agree with sotongeoff, leave them in the greenhouse. I lost a small lavender plant by leaving it out during winter.

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:08

When I first started gardening with wildlife in mind I didn’t have a clue about what plants to buy.  I wrote to seed companies to ask if they would mention on their seed packets which of the plants were nectar rich, I never got a reply . I asked at garden centres for advice but without much help, but if I saw bees surrounding a plant I would buy it, at least it was a start.  I did most of my research on the internet and bought books which helped me in creating a fantastic garden for wildlife bringing a whole new dimension to my gardening, and the rewards have been amazing. A new hobby emerged, taking photos of the wildlife that comes into the garden.   I started eight years ago and now with all the recent publicity on the benefits and importance of attracting wildlife to the garden, new wildlife gardeners shouldn’t have a problem in knowing where to start. I do think though, that we gardeners for wildlife are very much in the minority.  

"hopes for the future"  lets just hope that all the recent publicity is not making it become 'fashionable' to garden for wildlife, it has to be forever.

buddjlea buzz

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 13:08
Christopher2 wrote (see)
Some people can pull off a piece of plant, stick it in the ground and root it without any apparent "skill" or knowledge!

Which is how a lot of buddleja cuttings are treated and with success  

Potting on Perenials plug plants

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 11:29

The leaves yellowing is just the plant losing it's leaves which at this time of year is absolutely normal and definitely don't feed them now.  Your idea of overwintering them in a large container is a good one. I would try to get them as near to the house as possible and perhaps cover them in fleece to protect from harsh winter conditions. Because of similar circumstances to yours, I promised myself never to order plug plants ever again too close to Autumn as some never survived the Winter, I only now order very early in Spring.

buddjlea buzz

Posted: 12/10/2012 at 09:02

I haven't taken any cuttings of my Buddleja buzz but I would treat them as any other Buddleja and take hardwood cuttings and place them outside.  I normally just place the cuttings around the side of a container that already has a plant growing. Leave alone until Spring when the cuttings should have taken.  I have three Buddleja buzz that are still in flower and the perfect size for a small garden, they have been so successful at attracting butterflies and other insects.  In fact I will go outside right now and take some cuttings and will look forward to seeing how they get on, next Spring

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